GARTH’S AMERICANA AUCTION MARCHES TOWARD SPRING IN TITANIC WAY… Over 500 lots of Americana will sell during Garth's Auctions March 31 sale. The annual March auction will offer a wonderful selection of antique formal and painted furniture and decorative arts.
Knobloch, ex Leo Allen (estimate $500-800). An effigy bottle of a seated woman with painted designs, ca.1400-1600, come from Center Ridge, Conway County, Arkansas. The 10 1/2"h. bottle is ex Bill Rowlett (Arkansas), and Richard Meeks and bears an estimate of $600-900. Approximately __ pieces of historic pottery and baskets dating to the 19th and early 20th centuries will also be sold including a particularly nice small pottery vessel attributed to Nampeyo. With umber and dark brown designs, the vessel measures just 4 1/2"h., 3 1/2"d., is estimated at $1,000-$1,500, and bears a similar design to a piece sold by Garth’s in November 2007, lot 429.
Another collection of 26 lots of artwork by John Ward Dunsmore, born in 1856 in Riley, Butler County, Ohio, will be sold by The Wagnalls Memorial Foundation which retains a museum featuring the works of many prominent illustrators who once produced work for the Funk and Wagnalls publishing house. The group being offered in March consists of Colonial Revolutionary War scenes created by the artist, who by 1902, has become an authority on the subject. Lot 262, titled Fight at the Rail Fence, Bunker Hill, is an oil and graphite on paper, signed lower left, depicting a sketch of the battle. Measuring a monumental 40"h. x 48"w. It is estimated at $500-$1,000. An oil on canvas titled Defense of Fort Washington 1776, initialed lower right, is a study of battle scene with minor variations from a previous sketch also being sold. At 12"h. x 18"w., this detailed depiction of Washington and the troops carries an estimate of $600-$1,200. Other paintings depicting Washington throughout the Revolutionary War and at Mount Vernon will also cross the block.
Featured on the cover of the catalog is a portrait of two children attributed to Aaron Dean Fletcher (Vermont / New York, 1817-1902). The unsigned oil on canvas dates to the 1840s and shows a young girl with her hair carefully fashioned in ringlets, dressed in black, wearing a locket, and seated besdie her younger brother wearing a blue jacket and ruffled collar. The 30"h. x 26"w. canvas is expected to reach $2,000-$4,000. A variety of other decorative objects including a burl bowl with carved handles (estimate $1,500-$2,000), a selection of 31 lots of oriental rugs including a room-size Heriz, ca. 1925 (estimate $3,000-$5,000), and a clocks including a Federal style mahogany dwarf tall clock in the manner of John Bailey, Hanover, Massachusetts, 1900-1930 (estimate $2,000-$4,000).
Garth's March 31, 2012 auction catalog is completely illustrated online at www.garths.com. Garth's, located at 2690 Stratford Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015, will have preview hours in its gallery from March 26-31. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-362-4771.